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Organizing Research & Citations

Personal Database Accounts

Creating personal accounts in the Library’s databases is not necessary to access the database content. In fact, only two of our Library’s resources—RefWorks and Interlibrary Loan—require that you create a personal account. A number of Library databases do give you the option of creating accounts. But why bother creating accounts if you can access the content without them? There are a number of benefits to creating personal database accounts, particularly within databases you frequently utilize. Personal database accounts may allow you to save and organize resources, retrieve your search history, set up various alerts, and more.

This page will explain why you may want to set up an account within each of the NCU Library databases. It will also detail how to set up each personal account should you choose to do so.
 

How to Create Personal Database Accounts

Roadrunner Search/EBSCOhost

Why create an account

You can create an account called My EBSCOhost account which will work in both Roadrunner Search and any of the EBSCOhost databases. With a My EBSCOhost account you can save preferences, organize your research with folders, share your folders with others, view others’ folders, save and retrieve your search history, create email alerts and/or RSS feeds, and gain access to your saved research remotely.

How to create an account

To create a My EBSCOhost account, please refer to our How do I create a My EBSCOhost account? FAQ here.

Please note that following graduation you will no longer have access to your My EBSCOhost account. Your personal My EBSCOhost folder can only be accessed by logging in through the account of the institution in which the folder account was created. You will not have access to EBSCOhost or Roadrunner Search following graduation. However, you do have access to a number of other Library databases following graduation. Please see our Alumni Access FAQ for more information.

Academic Video Online & Psychotherapy.net Collection (Alexander Street Press)

Why create an account

Any user accessing the site through NCU Library will be able to create a personal user account that can be used to save clips and playlists for as long as the user has access to Academic Video Online, including Psychotherapy.net Collection.

How to create an account

To create a new account, click the person icon at the top of any page on the site and select “Create New Account”. Your chosen user ID and the associated email address must be unique within our system. If you already have a user account but have forgotten your password, click the “Forgot Password” link on the sign-in page to reset it. If you wish to change any of the information associated with your account, including user image and short bio, you can do that from the “My Profile” tab once you have signed in.

There is no option to create alerts or RSS feeds for video content. 

ACM Digital Library 

Why create an account

Registering an account in ACM Digital Library allows you to create Binders which contain custom collections of citations from the ACM Digital Library. Binders can be shared with other users of the ACM Digital Library.


How to create an account

Click on the Sign Up link in the upper right hand corner of the page, as shown below. Below Create a Web account enter your email address and click the Continue button. Complete the registration form. Be sure to write down the username which will be automatically assigned to you as well as the password you selected.

Annual Reviews

Why create an account

Registration is free and registered users enjoy the following benefits:

  • Related article recommendations based on your reading profile
  • Quick access to personal subscriptions
  • Table of Contents email alerts when new volumes are published
  • Citation tracking email alerts
  • Access to lists of favorite articles
  • Search alerts via email, and access to saved customized searches


How to create an account

Click the Register link located in the upper right hand corner of the page, as shown below. Complete the registration form. You will receive a confirmation email. Please note, do not attempt to access Annual Reviews via the web address link provided in the confirmation email. You will need to continue accessing the database through NCU Library. You may then log in using the username and password you just designated. You will know you are properly logged into the database if you see “Welcome Your Name” at the very top of the page.

Click on the My Account link at the very top of the page to access your Profile. Within the Profile section you can:

  • Update your profile information including your user name/password and address details, and account preferences
  • Manage your favorite journals and articles
  • Sign up for Annual Reviews email alerts
  • View saved searches
  • Manage your subscriptions and online access

Credo Reference

Unfortunately Credo Reference does not provide the option to create a personal account. However, you can save results for your current browsing session. Click the folder located in the top blue navigation bar, as shown below. This page is for emailing, printing or exporting the entries that you collected during your Credo session. To create a collection of saved entries, you can do any of the following:

1. Click the disc icon at the top of any Topic Page or entry to add to to your temporary folder.

2. Click the folder icon in the blue navigation bar to view saved items.

When done, return to this page and you will be able to easily email, print or save the entire set of collected entries. Selected entries are remembered only for the duration of your session. NOTE: If you close your browser or start over, the list of marked entries will be cleared.

Ebook Central

Why create an account 

With an Ebook Central account, you can store documents that you are interested in on your personal bookshelf that only you can view. The bookshelf is your workspace where you can create folders to organize your documents and annotations. Ebook Central helps you keep track of the folders your work is in and of items that are not categorized. For additional details, please see the Ebook Central Bookshelf guide.

How to create an account

1. There is no registration required for an Ebook Central account. You automatically have an account and are signed in to it whenever you access the Ebook Cental database from the Library website. You can access any of the account settings of Ebook Cental including the Bookshelf. NOTE: If you access Ebook Central via your course syllabus, you will not be automatically authenticated, or have access to the account features.

2. You can then locate your required e-book by entering the title of the book into the search box and placing quotation marks around the title, as shown below. This will ensure that Ebook Central searches for that exact title and that it appears at the top of your results list.

Films on Demand

Why create an account

A personal user account gives you the ability to create playlists, save links to favorite videos, and create folders to organize playlists and favorites. Playlists and favorites are saved in your user account, so they are available to you any time you are signed in to your account. Once you create a user account, you can also set user preferences, including defaults for search results and closed captioning.

How to create an account

  1. Click on My Films  > Create an Account on the top, right hand side of the page, as shown below.
  2. Enter your First Name, Last Name, Email Address and select/confirm your Password.
  3. Click the Login button. This will create your user account and log you into the On Demand platform.

Gale Academic OneFile

Due to the popularity of the Google Apps for Education integration, Gale is phasing out the personal Gale Account with the final feature retirement in August, 2016. They suggest using a Google or Microsoft account to save your citations and articles. 

Once you have created a Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive account, you may start conducting and saving your research in Gale. When you identify a resource you would like to save, first click on the article title. From the article's citation and abstract page, use the tool bar on the right to download the article citation or full text to Google Drive, as shown below.

Google Scholar

Why create an account

Google Scholar library is your personal collection of articles. You can save articles right off the search page, organize them by topic, and use the power of Scholar search to quickly find just the one you want - at any time and from anywhere. You decide what goes into your library, and we’ll keep the links up to date.

You get all the goodies that come with Scholar search results - citing articles, related articles, formatted citations, links to your university’s subscriptions, and more. Best of all, it’s easy to quickly fill up your library with the articles you want - with a single click, you can import all the articles in your public Scholar profile as well as all the articles they cite.


How to create an account

From the Google Scholar basic search page, click the Sign In link in the upper right hand corner of the page, as shown below. NOTE, if you already have a Google account for any other Google service/product (i.e., Gmail, Google Plus, Google Drive, etc.) simply sign in here using your credentials. Otherwise, click “Create an account” below the sign-in boxes. Complete the registration process to begin using the account features of Google Scholar. See the link below to learn more about setting up and organizing your Library. 

Homeland Security Digital Library

Why create an account

Individual account-holders have access to the following features:

  • Alerts to New Content: weekly alerts – sent to you by email – based on saved searches
  • Subscription to Critical Releases: a short list of the most significant resources added during the previous two weeks
  • Subscription to the Quarterly Newsletter: learn about new features, and discover new topics and resources

How to create an account

Account creation is a three-step process.

1. First, use this link and fill in all areas:
https://www.chds.us/c/create-a-chds-account

Creating an account is the first step. Use your official NCU email address. E-mails ending in yahoo.com, gmail.com, hotmail.com, bellsouth.net etc, are not considered official e-mail addresses.

2. Second, retrieve the automated email sent to your NCU email address, and use the link in that email to return to the CHDS website and set a password. Then login with your new credentials to CHDS.

3. Lastly, you will need to request access to the Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL).Account creation does not grant access, this is a separate step.To request access, go to https://www.hsdl.org/c/access/ The first selection is "Individual Account". Click on the link in that box that says "individual account request form" and this will take you to a page which will ask you to fill out the reason for your request. Once you have submitted this, it will take 1 to 3 business days to have your request confirmed, and your access granted.

Your login and password will be the same for both www.chds.us and www.hsdl.org and passwords are valid for 6 months. Note that passwords cannot be reused for three years. You can add more than one email address to your account, so please do not create multiple accounts with us, as it can create issues with access.

If you have trouble with your account, please email techsupport@chds.us and they will be happy to assist you.

IGI Global

Why create an account

By creating your own personal IGI Global account, you will have additional features available to assist you in using our website. IGI Global account holders may save searches, create wish lists, review items referred to librarians, and update account and contact information. IGI Global does not share or sell its account information nor allow anyone other than IGI Global internal users have access to account information.

How to create an account

1. Click on the Register link in the upper right corner of the landing page as shown below: 

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2. Complete the registration information. 

ProQuest

Why create an account

ProQuest My Research is a place where you can save, manage, and organize the content and supporting materials you find and create in ProQuest. You can include documents, searches, tags, shared lists, search alerts, RSS feeds, and more in My Research.

My Research is powered by RefWorks, the premier online service for organizing citations and creating bibliographies. If you have a RefWorks account, you can seamlessly add citations to RefWorks and synchronize your RefWorks and My Research account folders.

The major benefit of having a My Research account is the ability to save documents or other items you find during a ProQuest session to your account. With the documents saved to your account, you’ll be able to access them whenever you’re in ProQuest.

Here’s what a My Research account gives you:

  • 24/7, anywhere/anytime access to ProQuest. Just get to the ProQuest Login page, enter your My Research username and password, and start searching. 
  • Save documents and searches across ProQuest sessions. That means if you visit your library today, create a My Research account, and then save a few documents and some searches to your account…they’ll still be there—in your account—when you visit your library, tomorrow…or next week. 
  • Create folders to save and manage documents you find relevant to your research.
  • Save and manage search alerts, publication alerts, and RSS feeds.
  • Are you a RefWorks user? We’ve made it easy to synchronize your RefWorks account with My Research. Once your accounts are synchronized, whatever you do with folders, documents, and bibliographies in one system is reflected in the other. 
  • Set ProQuest preferences that will be in effect during any ProQuest session when you are signed in to your account. 
  • Tag documents with words or phrases you think are relevant or suggestive of a document’s content or focus. Then, share those tags with other users in the ProQuest community—or keep your tags private, so only you see them.
  • Create lists of documents that you find interesting, important, or otherwise noteworthy. Then, share your list with the ProQuest community. Lists, along with tags, are a great way to share research ideas and inspirations with users in libraries and schools around the world. 

Important to know — Even without a My Research account, you can access and re-run searches you’ve conducted during your current ProQuest session. Click the My Research link and then click the Searches tab.

How to create an account

Click on the person icon in the upper right-hand corner of ProQuest, as shown below. Click on "Sign into My Research."



From the Welcome to My Research screen, click the Create a My Research account link. Fill in the fields on the Create a My Research account screen. You do have the option of linking an existing RefWorks account to your ProQuest My Research account. Once your accounts are synchronized, whatever you do with the folders, documents, and bibliographies in one system is reflected in the other. Again, this is an optional step. When you have completed the fields, click Create Account.  

If all the information was accepted, you will receive an automated email from ProQuest asking you to verify your email address to fully activate your My Research account. You should note the user name and password you created so you can log in at a future session. 

Keep in mind, if you have not logged into ProQuest My Research through NCU Library for a period of 76 days, you will be notified by email that your My Research account will become inactive after 90 days. The email will explain that to avoid inactivation of your account, simply connect to ProQuest through the Library and then sign into your My Research account. Your account will remain active.

The link below provides additional screenshots demonstrating how to create a ProQuest My Research Account:

PsychiatryOnline

Why create an account

Register for a free account to get alerts about new PsychiatryOnline content and take advantage of personalization features like alerts, favorites, and saved searches.

How to create an account

Click the “Register” link located in the upper right hand corner of the page, as shown below.

After submitting the registration form you will need to verify your email address before you can log in using your new account. An automated email will be sent to your account containing an activation link. After clicking the activation link you can log in and begin using the personalization features. Please note, once you have confirmed your account close out of this browser window and re-launch PsychiatryOnline directly from NCU Library. This will ensure you are properly authenticated to access the database at no charge through our Library’s proxy server. Once you have re-launched the database, you can log in to your personal account using the “Sign in” link located in the upper right hand corner of the page.

PubMed

Why create an account

My NCBI retains user information and database preferences to provide customized services for many NCBI databases.

My NCBI features include:

  • Save searches & automatic e-mail alerts
  • Display format preferences
  • Filter options
  • My Bibliography & NIH public access policy compliance
  • SciENcv: a researcher biosketch profile service
  • Highlighting search terms
  • Recent activity searches & records for 6 months
  • LinkOut, document delivery service & outside tool selections

How to create an account

Click the My NCBI Sign In link, located at the top right of the page header, as shown below.

You may sign in using a 3rd party sign in option like Google or PayPal. Alternatively, you can click the Register for an NCBI account located towards the bottom of the page. After submitting the registration form you will need to verify your email address before you can log in using your new account. An automated email will be sent to your account containing an activation link. After clicking the activation link you can log in and begin using the personalization features.

ReferenceUSA

Why create an account

With a personal account, users can create custom user profiles, save searches and search criteria for future list building and much more. 


How to create an account

Click the “New Account” button located on the bottom of the database’s homepage, as shown below.

After submitting the registration form you will need to verify your email address before you can log in using your new account. An automated email will be sent to your account containing an activation link. After clicking the activation link you can log in and begin using the personalization features. 

SAGE Journals

Why create an account

After completing the free registration process you will be able to register for My Favorite Journal links and SAGE Journal Email Alerts, including email notifications for tables of contents, announcements, and keyword, author, and citation alerts. 

How to create an account 

Click the My Account link located in the upper right hand corner of the page as shown below:

Scroll down and click the link provided under “Register for an Account.”  After submitting the registration form, you will receive an automated email letting you know registration was successful.

SAGE Knowledge/Navigator/Research Methods & Videos

Why create an account

Becoming a member allows you to save lists and searches in your My Knowledge or Methods Lists area. If you are a member and belong to a subscribing institution you will also be able to access, print and download all content, download citations, email links to content and save searches. 

How to create an account 

Click the Profile link located in the upper right hand corner of the page to create your account, as shown below.

 

NOTE: creating this Profile account  is valid for SAGE Knowledge, Navigator, Research Methods and Videos. You will need to create a different account for SAGE Journals. 

ScienceDirect

Why create an account

Registering with ScienceDirect gives you access to personalization features and alert services. For example, you can stay up-to-date with Search Alerts or keep track of your research with Saved Searches. Registering is quick and free, and you only need to do it once. The information you enter is stored in your personal details & settings.

With a username and password, you can now benefit from the personalization features of ScienceDirect. These personalization features enable you to:

  • Save searches 
  • Create search alerts which notify you when a stored search retrieves new results
  • Create volume/issue alerts which notify you when new volumes or issues become available on ScienceDirect
  • Create citation alerts which notify you when a selected article is cited by another article

How to create an account 

To register with ScienceDirect

  1. Select "Sign in" at the top of any ScienceDirect page and then Not Registered? on the Sign in box, as shown below.
  2. Enter your First name and Family name.
  3. Fill in the fields on the Registration page.

SpringerLink

Why create an account

Creating a personal account is so that you can have remote access to your subscribed content when you are not on your institution's network.

When you create your personal account it is automatically associated with the institution you are recognized under at the time. That way, you can log in from your mobile device, or at home, and you will have access to all the items your institution has access to. 

The other personal account features that are planned include: adding items to your favorites, saving searches, and seeing your browsing history on the site.At the moment we cannot provide a definite timeline for when these features will be available. 

How to create an account 

Click on the “Sign up/Log in” link located in the upper right hand corner of the page, as shown below. Scroll down to the “Don’t have an account?”section and fill out the registration form. Click create account to begin using the personalization features of SpringerLink.

Taylor & Francis Online 

Why create an account

With a personal account you can set and manage alerts and RSS feeds, save searches, and create shortlists (marked lists/favorites lists).

How to create an account 

Please click the Register button at the top of the screen, as shown below.

Once you have submitted your registration, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address given, containing a validation link to activate your account.
Your username is now your email address. Please use the Sign in button in the top right-hand corner.

Please note, once you have confirmed your account close out of this browser window and re-launch Taylor & Francis Online directly from NCU Library. This will ensure you are properly authenticated to access the database at no charge through our Library’s proxy server.

Once you have re-launched the database, you can log in to your personal account using the “Sign in” link located in the upper right hand corner of the page. 

Ulrichsweb

Why create an account

With a My Ulrich’s account you can create and manage lists of journals, retrieve search history, and create and manage Alerts in the Workspace section of Ulrichsweb.

How to create an account 

Click the “Log in to My Ulrich’s” link located in the upper right hand corner of the page, as shown below. Next select the “Create a New Account” hyperlink directly below the login boxes. Once you have submitted your registration, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address given, containing a validation link to activate your account.

Web of Knowledge / Web of Science

Why create an account

As a registered user, you can take advantage of these convenient features:

  • Select a starting application that enables you to start your session in a specific database rather than on the All Databases tab.
  • Update your personal information including username and password.
  • Save searches to our server that you can later open when you resume your research.
  • Set up search history alerts. The alert automatically searches the last update to the database, and then sends the results to you by e-mail. This feature requires a subscription.
  • Set up citation alerts whereby you are notified by e-mail whenever an article on your Citation Alerts list has been cited by a new article. This feature requires a subscription to Web of Science.
  • Create and maintain custom journal lists that you frequently read. This feature requires a subscription to Current Contents Connect.
  • Add references to your EndNote online library directly from Web of Science and other product databases.

 

How to create an account 

  1. Click Register from the Sign In menu that appears at the top of the page, as shown below.
  2. On the Registration form, enter your e-mail address in the E-mail Address field.
  3. Enter again your e-mail address in the Retype E-mail Address field.
  4. Click the Continue button.
  5. Complete the User Registration form. Required fields are marked by the asterisk (*) character.
  6. Click the Submit Changes button to complete the registration process.

Wiley Online Library

Why create an account

Register on Wiley Online Library to:

  • Receive email alerts for new content and saved searches
  • Save articles, publications and searches to your profile
  • Purchase individual articles and chapters
  • Receive email updates and promotional offers on Wiley books and journals relevant to you
  • Track your accepted article if you are a journal contributor
  • If you have previously registered on Wiley InterScience your details have been migrated and you can log in with the same username and password.


How to create an account 

Click the Log in/Register link located in the upper right hand corner of the page. Select the Register link located below the login boxes, as shown below.

Once you have submitted your registration, a confirmation email will be sent to the email address given, containing a validation link to activate your account. Please note, once you have confirmed your account close out of this browser window and re-launch Wiley Online Library directly from NCU Library. This will ensure you are properly authenticated to access the database at no charge through our Library’s proxy server.

Once you have re-launched the database, you can log in to your personal account using the “Sign in” link located in the upper right hand corner of the page. 

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